It’s been a weird offseason for Fletcher Cox as he looks down the barrel of his 11th NFL season. The six-time Pro Bowler was initially released by the Philadelphia Eagles, then quickly returned on a one-year deal. Cox was a free agent for a minute, although his loyalty to the franchise that drafted him never wavered.
The 310-pound defensive tackle knew the Eagles wanted him back. It was just a matter of finding a mutually beneficial arrangement, something his agent Todd France was able to hammer out with general manager Howie Roseman.
Fletcher Cox on the “process” behind his release (yes, other teams reached out): “I wasn’t nervous … the Eagles wanted me here and I’m back now and getting ready now to go into training camp so I’m excited about that.” #Eagles #FlyEaglesFly
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The two sides were in constant communication and everything was done in a professional manner. Cox said he knew he was coming back “days or maybe a week or so” before the deal was finalized.
“I knew the team wanted me here,” Cox told reporters on June 8. “There was a deadline before we could get things done, and time is always ticking, you only have a certain amount of time to get certain things done. Like I said, I knew they wanted me here but it was just part of the process. Everything was respectfully professional and obviously, I appreciate the organization for that. And then we got everything figured out.”
“When you’re a free agent obviously teams do reach out,” Cox said, without naming names. “And it’s part of the process.”
Trading Cox would mean a $40M dead cap charge for Philly, so the return would have to be substantial.
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The 31-year-old never got “nervous” but he isn’t naive to the fact that this could be his final year in midnight green. Every player has to say farewell eventually.
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